Born in Lerik (AZ), lives in Paris (FR).
Babi Badalov (°1959) was born in the Azerbaijan city of Lerik. After completing his studies at the Art Academy, he moves to Leningrad, today's St. Petersburg, where he lives until 1990. He is active in the semi-official art scene of the city and becomes a member of the independent artists group ‘Association of Experimental Visual Art' (TEII). As part of this group, he participates in various art expositions, both in Russia and other countries. Badalov currently lives in Paris.
The work of Badalov balances between visual art and poetry. He effectively presents his work as 'visual poetry', in which he uses painting, installations and performance, just as much as experimental and improvised literary formats. The mixture of different languages and orthographic systems, and the combination of words and pictures, is characteristic for his work in all these genres.
Badalov focuses on an exploration of the limits of language, as well as the limitations that it imposes on its users. People that lead nomadic lives – artists, but also economic migrants and political refugees – will experience both the battle and the advantages of cultural adaptation, while they can also become a prisoner of the language. Badalov plays with such situations, thereby alluding to broader geopolitical questions.
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I am Euromental
Babi Badalov, I am Euromental, 2015. Installation, 27 sheets, ink on cotton, variable dimensions.
VOAIZOVA (War is over)
Babi Badalov, VOAIZOVA (War is over), 2010. Installation, glass, pens, paper, sketchbook, 20 x 20 x 3 cm.
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LATT: Europe at Large #5 ...
21 May 2010 - 04 July 2010.
Since the collapse of the USSR, the European horizon in that direction has remained limited to Russia. We know very little about what is happ
INBOX: Babi Badalov – I a...
25 February 2016 - 20 March 2016.
M HKA reserves its fifth floor for surprising interventions and intimate pop-up presentations. INBOX is a place that inspires and surprises,
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
When Faith Moves Mountains
17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.
This project was set up differently from a classic exhibition; the working method was rather activist, whereby a 'coalition of the willing' s
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Aanwinsten 2016 [Acquisit...
M HKA built up a substantial art collection from the former Soviet Union through earlier commitments in various movements, which can be used
MIGRATIE | MIGRATION
Dymphna escaping over sea with her confidant Gerebernus to mainland Europe is a key example of migration, a story in which many refugees will